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Now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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Thank you for your interest in applying for study at Reformation Bible College. Below you’ll find comprehensive information on our admission requirements and procedures. Should you find your questions are not fully answered here, you can find more information in our college catalog or please feel free to contact us with any questions. We look forward to receiving your application.

Admission Requirements and application procedures

Thank you for your interest in applying for admission to Reformation Bible College. The credentials leading to admission to one of RBC’s undergraduate programs encompass a range of factors, including educational background, intellectual achievement, personal and spiritual maturity, and vocational aspirations. All applicants must successfully complete a public, private, or homeschool high school (or its equivalent) program prior to enrollment at RBC.

Application requirements include:

  • The online application.
  • A $35 application fee.
  • A 1-2 page Christian experience essay, explaining how the student came to faith in Christ, their assurance of salvation, and their spiritual growth.
  • An official transcript (or multiple transcripts) recording courses taken and grades earned, and date of graduation. Transcripts must indicate that the applicant has or will have received a high school degree, a general equivalency diploma (GED), or the equivalent, with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a four-point scale.
  • Results of either the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), unless these scores appear on the student’s official high school transcript (scores are not required of applicants who are 25 or older, who have completed 15 or more hours of college credit, or who are applying as a special student for Dual Enrollment).
  • Two references: a church reference and an academic reference.
  • A written e-mail of parental acknowledgement from applicant’s parent/guardian (not applicable for applicants who are over 21 and no longer claimed as a dependent by parent or guardian).

Bachelor of Arts in Sacred Music

Applicants for the Sacred Music specialization must demonstrate a mastery of their instrument and basic musicianship skills. The Sacred Music faculty will determine mastery of instrument and musicianship skills. All Sacred Music applicants are required to have an audition and interview and to take a music theory exam during the application process for the program.

Applications for admission are not reviewed until all information is received. Official transcripts are not accepted until after the completion of the junior year of high school.

Admission Deadlines

Fall Semester

Early Application Deadline

Applicants who apply by this deadline receive priority consideration.

Regular Application Deadline

Applications received after this date will be reviewed as space permits.

Enrollment Deposit Deadline and Registration Begins

Spring Semester

Regular Application Deadline

Applications received after this date will be reviewed as space permits.

Registration Begins

Application Procedures

The following are the procedures to apply for admission to one of RBC’s programs or as a special student

  • Complete and submit our online application.
  • Distribute reference forms to be completed and mailed directly to the Admissions Office.
  • Arrange for official transcripts from your secondary school and/or previous undergraduate schools—even if no program was completed—to be sent directly from the institution to our Admissions Office.
  • Submit the $35 application fee. Payment may be made by mailed in check or money order, or by phone with a credit or debit card.

To stay informed about your application, contact us.

Enrollment Deposit

Once you are accepted for study at RBC, a $300 enrollment deposit must be received no later than June 1.* If you are accepted within the month prior to registration, you are required to submit the deposit immediately upon receipt of the acceptance letter. The deposit is applied against the first semester’s tuition charges; however, the deposit is non-refundable in the event that the student does not enroll.

*Space is limited and a class seat cannot be guaranteed until an enrollment deposit is received.

Transfer of credit from another institution

Transferability of credits earned at another institution and transferred to RBC is at the discretion of RBC. For coursework to be considered for transfer credit, students must have earned a grade of C or above or a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher when transferring an AA degree for degree completion.

Applicants who wish to transfer credits earned from an undergraduate program at another institution must make that request in writing with their application and must submit both an official transcript and a catalog description of the courses taken from the previous institution to the Registrar’s Office. Those transferring credit from another undergraduate program must take at least the final 30 credit hours at RBC.

Degree Completion

For those wishing to pursue the degree completion track, they must have an AA degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, or 60 hours of well rounded undergraduate work with individual course grades of 2.0 or above and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. If the student is transferring 60 credits as opposed to a completed AA degree, those credits are subject to the review of the registrar’s office and will be handled in accordance with our transfer policy, which you can find in our catalog.

Advanced standing or multiple degree specializations

Students entering RBC who wish to take proficiency exams to earn advanced standing credit in their chosen degree specialization or who wish to take multiple degree specializations must submit a written petition to do so to the registrar’s office.

TOEFL and TWE scores

Any applicant whose primary language is something other than English must submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores. Applicants must achieve the following minimum scores on each section of the test: Writing — 22; Speaking — 23; Reading — 21; Listening — 17 for a combined score of no less than 83.

Special students

Special students fall into two categories:

  1. Applicants not enrolled in undergraduate programs at other institutions but who wish to take courses for credit without seeking to complete a program of study at RBC.
  2. Applicants desiring to take classes while in undergraduate programs at other institutions or enrolled in high school.

For more information on special student admissions, please see page 22 of our catalog.

Applicants who meet the requirements for, and are accepted as special students, may register for classes under the above-mentioned circumstances and as space is available.

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Tuition and costs

Our desire is to offer an educational opportunity to all who qualify for admission. The cost of an education at RBC is only partly covered by tuition charges; the balance is paid from contributions made by friends and ministry partners of RBC and Ligonier Ministries. Because of increasing costs, tuition charges and other general and special fees may change from time to time.

Full-time (12-18 credit hours) flat rate $5,220
Part-time Tuition (1-11 credit hours) per credit hour $435
More than 18 hours, flat rate plus credit hour $5,220 + $435 PER CREDIT OVER 18.
Part-time Tuition for Sacred Music Students (6-9 credit hours) per credit hour $350
Full-time Technology Fee per semester non-refundable $150
Part-time Technology Fee per course non-refundable $35
Student Activity Fee per semester non-refundable - For students enrolled in two or more courses $50
Audit Fee per credit hour $100
Tuition (per credit hour) $375
Lab and Supplies Fee $150
Application Fee non-refundable $35
First Time Enrollment deposit non-refundable. This fee goes toward tuition costs. $300
First Time Auditor Application Fee non-refundable $25
Graduation Fee non-refundable $75
Payment Deferral Application Fee $50
Student ID Replacement Fee non-refundable $10
Transcript Fee non-refundable $5
Late Registration Fee non-refundable - For returning students only $50

*For high school students less than 18 years old who are attending RBC for the first time, the tuition may be waived for one complimentary course (to be determined by RBC). Parents of students taking advantage of this free course offer may be eligible for reduced tuition to audit the course with their child. RBC reserves the right to limit this enrollment.

For more information contact us.

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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Reformation Bible College awards financial need based grants, scholarships, and a variety of discounts. Financial need based grants are awarded on the basis of assessed need while scholarships are typically merit based. Reformation Bible College reserves financial aid for fully admitted students taking at least six credits.

Reformation Bible College uses the College Board PROFILE to determine eligibility for financial need based grants. To apply for financial aid, please complete the PROFILE and have the results submitted to RBC. Our PROFILE code number is 6202. Please note that there is a $25 application fee for the PROFILE.

Please contact us to learn more about the financial aid options that may be available to you.

Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies and its subsidiary Reformation Bible College admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students of the organization. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other organizational-administered programs.

Academic Calendar,

Fall 2017

First day of Fall classes
Labor Day
Always Ready
Fall Break
Thanksgiving Break
Last day of classes
28- 1
Reading days

Spring 2018

First Day of Spring classes
Winter Conference
Spring Break
Ligonier National Conference
Easter Break
Last Day of Classes
Reading Days